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The uneconomic case for fine arts departments

Think of a famous sculpture. Are you picturing Michelangelo’s David or Rodin’s The Thinker? Or perhaps you’re more of a modernist, and you’re imagining Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog or Maman by Louise Bourgeois. For art students, however, Alex Martinis Roe’s To Become ...

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NYU academic urges students to disagree

We’ve all likely heard the statistics: gay, bisexual, intersex or transgender people comprise only up to 11 per cent of the Australian population, yet they are three times as likely to experience depression. One survey found almost 1 in 2 ...

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In 2017, does the MBA still matter?

UQ may offer Australia’s best MBA, but should people even bother doing one? or MBA programs worldwide, admissions have generally increased and become less selective. Then there’s tepid corporate profits (ergo, fewer opportunities) combined with a rise in entrepreneurialism, in the context of ...

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Can AI really predict suicide?

Despite click-baiting headlines like How tech giants are using AI to prevent self-harm and suicide and Artificial intelligence can now predict suicide with remarkable accuracy, some experts aren’t so sure that’s true. On the back of a further claim that AI uses brain imaging data to ‘identify suicidal youth’, this time, ...

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USYD calls out bullshit

The 2016 Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year is getting a work out. ‘Post-truth’ is the subject of a new USYD research project. Simply named the Post-Truth Initiative, it pools together researchers from fields as diverse as physics, philosophy, data ...

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Professor toughens up trainee teachers

Caroline Mansfield is teaching teachers resilience on a global scale. The Murdoch University Associate Professor’s program, the sunnily-named Building Resilience in Teacher Education (BRITE), has 5,000 users and counting. Resilience – the capacity to quickly bounce back after setbacks – sounds ...

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UON revamps arts faculty to produce more employable grads

As the coastal NSW city of Newcastle reinvents itself – from manufacturing heavyweight to knowledge hub – the University of Newcastle is changing too. The notable young university is dusting off its School of Humanities and Social Sciences. “…We really need to make ourselves much ...

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